All voluntary sector groups work extremely hard to provide a service, but this can very often go unnoticed. Winning an OCVA award can…

  • Elevate the status of your organisation.
  • help to raise the profile of your organisation in the community
  • Help in providing evidence when you are applying for funding.
  • Give you the opportunity to step back from your hard work and appreciate just how much you do in the community.

Here is a list of the awards you can either nominate yourselves for, or be nominated by others.

Oxfordshire Charity of the Year – This is for a group with a proven track record of delivering a service over a significant period of time. The award might be given for a particular project, or for on-going excellence.

Working Together – Where two or more charities have successfully collaborated.  This award is sponsored by The Dorchester Group

Best Community Project – Evidence of a local community involvement project.

Environmental Award – This award is for a group that has made an effort to think about how their activity impacts on the environment. This award is sponsored by Oxford Bus Company: Oxford Bus Company has kept the people of Oxford moving for the past 134 years. Our services now span the width and breadth of Oxford and take passengers to London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.


Innovation Award – Evidence of something new or different.  This award is sponsored by Oxfordshire LEP.

Management of Volunteers – Demonstrating commitment to recruiting, retaining and supporting volunteers.  This award is sponsored by Oxford Brookes University

Lifetime Achievement Award – This award recognises the longstanding and consistent contribution that a group has made over a number of years.  This Award is sponsored by Clark Howes

Good Neighbour – Demonstrating support for other groups or individuals. This award is sponsored by Ami: Bring people together – Be a friendly face. Connect to your community. Feel good.


Animals as the main beneficiary – This is a new award for 2017 and will recognise the excellent work charities do for wild and domestic animals.

Best New Group – for groups established since May 2016.  This award is sponsored by Monument Community Trust

Best Team of Volunteers – Demonstrating commitment to working well within a group.  This award is sponsored by Hunts.